As You Like It was a lot of fun. I’m not sure I’d put it as one of Shakespeare’s (or Bacon’s or whomever’s) best plays, or even as one of his best comedies, but I had forgotten that this was the All the world’s a stage/Seven Ages of Man play and Jacques speech and Touchstone’s musings on “a lie seven times removed” were themselves worth the price of admission.
Shakespeare (or Bacon or whomever) really enjoyed writing parts for fools. They get the best lines, anyway.
Perhaps that’s part of the point. “We can’t have the main character say this. The play’d be resolved by the middle of the second act!”
So, instead, they have the main characters run around as idiots, the fools run around being the only ones who know what is going on, and some guy we’ve not seen before in the play comes out at the very end to say “oh, hell with it, let’s have a happy ending.”
So… what have you been reading and/or watching?